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March 25, 2013 1:48:55 AM

Hi everyone!
I'm trying to get the right build for a gaming pc at the moment. However I'm on a really tight budget, as in $700-$800 max. I also live in Australia where the tech companies like to rip us off by an extra $100 in most things unfortunately. I'm thinking a Gigabyte HD 7850 2GB, I know its not cheap but its a really good card I it'll last for a while. Maybe an i5-3470, 500 Watt psu... I have no idea about RAM, mobo, or cases. I also need WiFi. If anyone can help me out thanks a lot, its not much to go on but hopefully some of you can work with it!
Thanks!!!

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March 25, 2013 1:56:12 AM

Do you have some sites we can use to help you out with?
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March 25, 2013 2:54:08 AM

Here you go!

Intel build:
$195
Intel Core i5 3470
$105
ASRock Z77 PRO3 Motherboard
$75
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
$179
HIS Radeon HD7850 1GB
$79
Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX Case
$59
Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES
$69
Western Digital WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX
$22
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM

Total = ~$783

AMD Build, use the same parts except for CPU, Mobo, GPU (listed below):

$145
AMD FX-6300 6 Core Processor
$95
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2 Motherboard
$229
PowerColor Radeon HD7870 2GB Myst Edition

Total w/options listed in the Intel build = ~$773

Pro/cons:

Intel build:
* Quad Core CPU, but no easy OC'ing
* Mobo supports front USB 3.0 ports for the case listed!
* 7850 GPU, but is less than the AMD build.

AMD build:
* Has 6 core (3 x 2 Modules = 6 cores) CPU and is much cheaper than Intel option
* Has upgraded GPU from 7850 to 7870 Tahiti version Review is HERE!

Other notes:
* Case has plenty of room for upgrades and also has front USB 3.0 ports!
* PSU should be fine for either option, with some mild OC'ing on the AMD build if you like, but don't push it too much.
* RAM has low profile heat spreaders, so you could almost add any aftermarket CPU HSF that you want.
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March 25, 2013 2:58:53 AM

The AMD rig would make a really good gaming PC for the money and the upgrade on the GPU would serve you well. I have two FX rigs and a i5 3570K rig and really the AMD rigs run my games every bit as good as the intel.
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March 25, 2013 3:20:17 AM

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Well then... You have no idea how much of a god you are to me at the moment!! I've spent like a month trying to put something together and it takes you about 10 minutes! Haha thanks so much! I'm hopefully gonna buy the parts soon so I can build it. However what would you still recommend the 1 GB 7850 if I want to play games like Skyrim (which I heard uses the full capabilities of a 2GB card)??
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March 25, 2013 3:23:25 AM

bryonhowley said:
The AMD rig would make a really good gaming PC for the money and the upgrade on the GPU would serve you well. I have two FX rigs and a i5 3570K rig and really the AMD rigs run my games every bit as good as the intel.

Hmmm sounds good. Although I've researched a bit and it seems like top end AMD chips don't match i7's, not that I'm planning on an i7 :p 
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March 25, 2013 3:36:14 AM

Defo go with the AMD build and the 7870 gpu, but swap the motherboard out for this one

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

It still comes in under $800 and that board is a much better board for stability and OCing your CPU at a future date.
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March 25, 2013 3:48:58 AM

Furiion52 said:
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Well then... You have no idea how much of a god you are to me at the moment!! I've spent like a month trying to put something together and it takes you about 10 minutes! Haha thanks so much! I'm hopefully gonna buy the parts soon so I can build it. However what would you still recommend the 1 GB 7850 if I want to play games like Skyrim (which I heard uses the full capabilities of a 2GB card)??


Well to be honest, it took like 15-20 min. and mostly was cut and pasting links/info. The 7850 2 gb is a nice option, but then you usually start coming up in price towards the 7870 territory.

The Asus board that Uther39 listed is good too, so keep that in mind. Whichever Mobo you select will do just fine.
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March 26, 2013 2:22:34 AM

Hmmmm alright I'll definitely keep it in mind thanks Uther39 ;)  I've searched around a bit for boards and I saw yours is a Z77. What is the difference between B75 and Z77???
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